Strange behaviour!



I have 3 computers:

(A) XP Pro SP3
(B) XP Pro SP3
(C) Vista HP SP1

Connecting (C) with (A) by Ethernet cable everything works, while with (B)
there's something wrong, that is:

- (A) can see/ping/access shared folders and use shared Internet connection
of (C), and vice versa: this is good

- (B) can access shared folders of (C) but if I try vice versa, that is (C)
accesses shared folders of (B), than an access window appears asking
username+password; this is very strange because

1) the user of (B) hasn't password (default); I've tried to use
admin+blankpassword or PCname\admin+blankpassoword or
PCname\myuser+blankpassword and so on.. but auth. fails; what's the correct
form of the username and password I have to enter into this mask? isn't it
stange it asks to me to login? (A) doesn't ask anything and it's the same
(XP Pro SP3)

2) maybe due to issue 1 (C) can't use shared Internet connection of (B); is
it possible?

I really don't know how to solve this problem. Thanks for any advice in


Mick Murphy

A bit of info on networking them.

Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

Permissions/Share info is there as well.

If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
the SAME.

In Vista Network and Sharing:

Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)

Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)

File Sharing: ON

Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared

Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
passwords on ALL computers in your Network) If you have it ON, and no
identical usernames/passwords, you will be asked for a username and password
when you try to access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista

Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
Wizard, even if you had an XP Network set up prior to adding a Vista computer
to it(redoing the Wizard seems to work for XP machines!).

In “My Network Placesâ€: “Set up a Home or Small Office Networkâ€
OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
and Printer Sharing.


Did you do everything that Mick Murphy suggested?


My Vista works good with another XP Pro, everything is right (both sides).
The problems of access are for another XP Pro: this means Vista is set-up


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